Saturday, 8 March 2014

TypeScript 1.0 RC

Excited to note that TypeScript is nearing a 1.0 release. A lot of stuff has happened since I last looked at where the language was going, and I was pleased to see that three.js TypeScript definitions made it into DefinitelyTyped. There are about 300 TypeScript type definitions for popular libraries in there now.

TypeScript is a great springboard for getting into web development and is a massive improvement over using straight up JavaScript. The tools support is magical and a definite improvement, and as already demonstrated by groups like the Turbulenz people, it's good for games.

A potentially sticky point I wonder about is tools support maybe never becoming comprehensive enough to match the built-in Visual Studio offerings, and this in turn maybe limiting uptake by developers on other platforms.